After more than a decade of practising medicine, Dr Judy Dlamini was robbed at gunpoint outside her medical practice, triggering her to leave medicine.

She decided to change careers, leading her to enrol for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of the Witwatersrand (1998 – 1999). After completing her MBA, Dr Dlamini was able to start a career in business, which has since earned her a very long list of achievements.

Today, she is a leading businesswoman, entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist. Her story is that of reinvention, self-improvement and hard work. This blog post explores this heart-warming story through 20 motivational quotes from Dr Judy Dlamini.

Table of Contents

1Self-Development Quotes
2Relationship Quotes
3Success Quotes
4Leadership Quotes
5Giving Back Quotes
6Quick Facts about Dr Judy Dlamini
7Image Quote Summary

Self-development quotes from Dr Judy Dlamini

It all starts with you. You need to invest in yourself and never stop.

Investing in yourself makes you a better person.

Your background doesn’t define your future. It’s up to you. You must empower yourself.

If you empower yourself, you will respect yourself and you will not stay in relationships that make you feel less. No one has a right to make you feel less about yourself.

No one is born as a medical doctor. You study and became one.

Education is the best way to empower yourself.

Dr Judy Dlamini Quotes on Education

Relationship quotes from Dr Judy Dlamini

The partner a woman chooses is important. If you are an ambitious woman, choose an ambitious partner.

Men and women are different but equal.

Equal but different quote by Dr Judy Dlamini

Success quotes from Dr Judy Dlamini

Being ready and being in the right place at the right time can lead to wealth creation.

I am very ambitious. I always have dreams and I work hard to achieve them. After I achieve one dream, I create another one.

When you find something you are passionate about, it won’t feel like hard work.

Work quotes by Dr Judy Dlamini

Leadership quotes from Dr Judy Dlamini

People leadership is about finding the best in people, developing them and making them feel great about who they are.

It’s easier to develop people with the same value system.

Integrity is not old fashioned. It is what defines who you are.

My values are integrity, passion, respect for self and respect for others.

I see business as a family. Business is an extension of family.

Your value system is the core of who you are.

Giving back quotes from Dr Judy Dlamini

Focus on what you, as an individual, can do to make your country better.

Be the best you can as a person.

In life, you have to learn, earn and give back.

Dr Judy Dlamini quotes about learning and giving back

Quick facts about Dr Judy Dlamini

In December 2018, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Nelson Mandela University.

Dr Judy-Dlamini Honorary-Doctorate Ceremony 2018
Photo Credit: NMU – Nelson Mandela University

In July 2018, Dr Judy Dlamini became the first woman to become the Chancellor of Wits University.

This position is ceremonial and voluntary and her term in office is six years, from 2018 to 2024.

Dr Judy Dlamini Wits Chancellor Ceremony 2018
Photo Credit: Wits – University of the Witwatersrand

In 2013, she completed the degree of Doctor of Business Leadership at the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Her thesis was titled “The Impact Of The Intersection Of Race, Gender And Class On Women CEOs’ Lived Experiences And Career Progression: Strategies for Gender Transformation at Leadership Level in Corporate South Africa” and it was supervised by Professor Peliwe Mnguni. In 2017, she converted her doctoral thesis into a book, “Equal But Different: Women Leaders’ Life Stories: Overcoming Race, Gender & Social Class”.

Photo Credit: Sifiso Publishers Pty Ltd

In 1985, Dr Judy Dlamini married her high school sweetheart, Sizwe Errol Nxasana.

They have known each other for over 45 years and have had two children together. Their son, Sifiso Nxasana (a Wits alumnus) passed away tragically in 2012. However, their daughter, Nkanyezi Makhari, is a Director at Sifiso Learning Group, a company through which the family owns several education brands. The company was named in honour of their late son, Sifiso.

Nkanyezi Makhari, Dr Judy Dlamini’s daughter, is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). She has two qualifications from the University of Cape Town (UCT); a Bachelor of Business Science (Finance and Accounting) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting.

Bonus Fact: Dr Judy Dlamini’s full name is Nobuhle Judith Dlamini.

Photo Credit: Sifiso Publishers Pty Ltd
  • Dr Judy Dlamini quotes about learning and giving back
  • Equal but different quote by Dr Judy Dlamini
  • Work quotes by Dr Judy Dlamini

Quote adapted from Series 2, Episode 2: The Judy Dlamini Business Leadership journey

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